Central Jersey best bets for family weekend fun Sept. 8-10

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Hub City Sounds’ fourth annual ROCK New Brunswick festival dedicated to the local music scene has expanded to three days with five events, three of which are free. The fest was curated & organized in part by the 18-member NJ Music Media Partnership. STAFF VIDEO BY BOB MAKIN

To quote Jimmy Buffett from “The Coast Is Clear”: “They’re closin’ down the hangout.
The air is turnin’ cool. They’re shuttin’ off the superslide. The kids are back in school.”

Just like a kid, I absolutely hate when summer is over, but you know what? This weekend doesn’t make it so bad. The great music scene that was, is and always will be in New Brunswick will rock all weekend long with Hub City Sounds: ROCK New Brunswick 2017, and for folks on the other side of Central Jersey, there’s the fabulous fun of Montgomery FunFest.

Plus, there’s lots more featured here, so put away your summer clothes, fasten the storm window, and read (and rock) on:

READ: 10 things to do this fall in Central Jersey

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READ: Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Company’ to star Fearless ICON winner at Union County Performing Arts Center

Fourth annual Hub City Sounds: ROCK New Brunswick 2017 with New Brunswick Music Scene Archive Panel Discussion, 7 p.m. Sept. 8, Rutgers Alexander Library; Warm-up Party, 7 p.m. Sept. 9, Volume IV ($ 5) and 8 p.m. Sept. 9, NJ Skateshop; festival main event, noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 10, Boyd Park, and After Party, 8 to 11 p.m. Sept. 10, Scarlet Pub ($ 5). All events free unless indicated. www.facebook.com/events/862635813884607/

With the help of Smugbug Productions and the newly formed 18-member NJ Music Media Partnership, including MyCentralJersey.com, Hub City’s annual festival dedicated to the local music scene has expanded to three days with five events, three of which are free. Plus for the first time ever, food trucks, a DIY Market and community workshops will be featured at the main event on Sept. 10 in Boyd Park. Participating artists throughout the weekend will include Hub City Stompers, Dennis Diken of The Smithereens, and Sharief Hobley, a New Brunswick native who has recorded and/or toured with Michael Jackson, Kanye West, John Legend and Alicia Keys.

Third annual Montgomery FunFest, noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 10, Princeton Airport, 41 Airpark Road, Montgomery. Free admission, food and other vendor items for sale. www.MontgomeryFunFest.com

The annual Montgomery FunFest promises to be a day of fun with more than 100 booths showcasing local businesses, art, contemporary crafts, culinary delights, helicopter rides, games of chance, live entertainment, inflatable rides, and a children’s game area. There’s also a walkabout balloon, a partially inflated hot air balloon in which families can play. Last year’s event had more than 10,000 attendees.

13th annual Flemington Opa! Festival, 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 8, noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 9, and noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 10, St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church, 85 Voorhees Corner Road, Raritan Township. $ 2 admission, partially to benefit Flemington-Raritan First Aid & Rescue Squad and Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation. Food and cultural items for sale. www.opafestival.com

For the past two years, Flemington Opa! Festival was the winner of the Best Foodie Event on the Hunterdon Happening List. Each year, the event attracts thousands of people from Hunterdon and surrounding counties in New Jersey and Pennsylvania to enjoy Greek food, folk dance, and family fun. An International Marketplace, which is like an ancient Greek agora market with a modern twist, will include jewelry, fashion accessories, packaged specialty and imported food items, home décor, clothing, health and beauty, gifts, souvenirs, modern and ancient art, handmade crafts, and collectibles.

Signings and photo opportunities with former New York Giant Gary Reasons, 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 10, Green Knoll Grille, 645 Route 202/206, Bridgewater. $ 30-$ 99. http://mycj.co/2wLMbez

Kick off the season with a rare appearance of Giants great Gary Reason. Admission is free with dinner reservations, but diners still must pay for autographs and photos. Families and kids welcome. Tickets can be purchased in person. Those with dinner reservations can skip the line to have things signed or take photos. Jets great Joe Clecko will be at Green Knoll on Sept. 17.

Hot weekend at Union County Performing Arts Center with Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” ($ 22), 8 p.m. Sept. 8, 9, 15 and 16 and 2 p.m. Sept. 10 and 17, Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St. ($ 20-$ 35), and CSNsongs Crosby, Stills and Nash tribute and The Guess Who Experience, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9, Main Stage, 1601 Irving St., both Rahway. www.ucpac.org

Sondheim’s 1970 Broadway musical “Company” will open this weekend with 2016 Fearless ICON winner Timothy Walton, a Franklin Township music teacher, in the lead as Bobby, a bachelor who reflects on his married friends during their surprise 35th birthday party for him. The story is comprised of short vignettes presented in no particular order and explores the complications of adult relationships. At the time, “Company” set the record for the most Tony Award nominations with 14 and walked away with six, as well as Best Revival in 2006.

Speaking of revival, there will be rock ‘n’ roll one on Sept. 9 on the arts center’s main stage when the tribute acts CSNsongs and The Guess Who Experience recreate two of the most beloved acts of the late ’60s and 1970s — Crosby, Stills, Nash and The Guess Who — as well as The Guess Who offshoot, Bachman-Turner Overdrive. They’ll share such classic as “Teach Your Children,” “Suite: Judy,” “Our House,” Love the One You’re With,” “American Woman,” “These Eyes,” “Takin’ Care of Business” and “No Time.”

Live at the Ferry Slip with Proper and Joseph Frame, 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 9, Ferry Slip Museum, 300 Front St., Perth Amboy. Free www.perthamboyartworks.org/

With food trucks at the ready, Perth Amboy Artworks’ Live at the Ferry Slip tastes as delicious as it sounds. The summer-long fun will continue with performances by Proper, a singer-songwriter who fuses a style of Latin folk music called Trova with elements of Afro beat, rock and salsa, and Joseph Frame, a Brazilian jazz guitarist who also delves into classical, Great American Songbook and gypsy jazz. Highlights of the exquisite series include full-moon views of the Raritan Bay from the deck of Perth Amboy’s maritime history museum. The last show of the season will be Oct. 7 with Segunda Quimbamba and United States of Boogaloo.

Raritan Bay Cruisers’ 11th annual Classic Car Show, noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 9, City Hall Circle, 260 High St., Perth Amboy. Free admission; food and auto memorabilia, equipment and clothing for sale. ci.perthamboy.nj.us/

This event will feature a collection of more than 150 classic American-made autos whose owners have been invited from across New Jersey, Staten Island, Pennsylvania and Long Island. The cavalcade of cars will include a 1908 Ford Model T, Detroit’s golden age of auto design in the 1950s and ’60s, SUVs, muscle cars, station wagons, luxury sedans, compacts and sports cars. The Batmobile also will be on display. To help recreate the Americana feeling of the 1950s and 1960s, when cars cruised along Main Street, the vocal group Sounds of the Street will perform doo-wop and other classics, and Richie the DJ will spin rock ‘n’ roll hits. Trophies will be awarded to cars in various categories. Attendees are asked to bring canned good and non-perishable food items for the local Salvation Army to provide to the needy.

Sixth annual Sourland Spectactular, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 9, from and back to Otto Kaufman Community Center, 356 Skillman Road, Skillman section of Montgomery. $ 45, $ 25 for ages 12 to 16, additional $ 8 for lunch. www.sourlandspectacular.com

Do you love the Sourland Mountains? Well, this smorgasbord of five bike routes for all levels of riders raises funds for the protective Sourland Conservancy, the same folks who produce and benefit from the annual Sourland Music Festival. One of the routes is the new 4.7-mile Family Fun Ride, which give parents an opportunity to careen through beautiful Sourland vistas with their children. Four other routes range from 26.9 to 65.4 miles. The longest features a climb of 3,275 feet. Bathroom facilities, water and snacks will be available at rest stops along the routes. Parking will be available across the street from the community center at Montgomery High School. 

Staff Writer Bob Makin: 732-565-7319; bmakin@gannett.com

 

 

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